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Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984): String Quintet in E minor; String Quartet, Op. 21 / Carmel Quartet; Shuli Waterman

Album Summary

>Paul Ben-Haim : Quartet for Strings Op. 21
>Paul Ben-Haim : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello in E minor
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The composer Paul Ben-Haim made his early career in his native Munich. He emigrated to Palestine in 1933. His music mirrors his change of circumstance: the String Quintet (1919) - heard here in its first recording - taps a rich vein of Straussian late Romanticism. The First String Quartet (1937) is colored by middle-Eastern melisma and folk-rhythms. Israel's Carmel Quartet perform regularly in Israel and abroad. Violist Shuli Waterman is principal violist of the Tel Aviv Soloists.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
This release is exceptional. The performance is technically perfect; there are no intonation problems and the ensemble is always together. They play with sensitivity and emotional depth, never sounding stiff or mechanical. The densely written Quintet is always rich without sounding heavy. The notes are also excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: auditorium of the Department of Music, Bar-Ilan Univers (07/07/2013-07/12/2013).



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>Paul Ben-Haim : Quartet for Strings Op. 21
  • Ensemble: Carmel Quartet
  • Notes: auditorium of the Department of Music, Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv (07/07/2013-07/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Paul Ben-Haim : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello in E minor
  • Performer: Shuli Waterman (Viola)
  • Notes: auditorium of the Department of Music, Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv (07/07/2013-07/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1919